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Hour B, Segment 5
The History Book
Jan. 21, 1861 — U.S. Sen. Jefferson Davis (D-Miss.) resigns his office. About three weeks later, he becomes president of a new country, the Confederate States of America.
Jan. 22, 1973 — The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its Roe vs. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which effectively nullify state laws protecting the unborn.
Jan. 20, 1981 — Just after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th president of the United States, Iran releases 52 American hostages.